Bosses at Warner Music have decided to withdraw free songs from the internet - because online streaming sites are "not positive for the industry."
Executives at the record label, which represents acts including R.E.M. and Michael Buble, have decided to withdraw permission for its artists' songs to be used by sites including Spotify, We7 and Last.fm - which offer free access to millions of tracks.
Instead bosses at Warner are throwing their support behind paid download sites such as iTunes, and streaming services which charge for content.
Warner chief executive Edgar Bronfman, Jr says, "Free streaming services are clearly not net positive (sic) for the industry and as far as Warner Music is concerned will not be licensed. The 'get all your music you want for free, and then maybe with a few bells and whistles we can move you to a premium price strategy,' is not the kind of approach to business that we will be supporting in the future."
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